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Agile coaching : what can we learn from Sports

Agile coaching - what can we learn from Sports
During this session , we talked about the practices / principles from Sports that are very relevant for Agile teams .

1. All on the team have a shared purpose - to WIN . Team members also have their individual purpose . To win , the shared purpose and individual purpose needs to be in alignment

2. Winning or losing is part of the game, what really matters is continuous improvement

3. The team swarms to achieve the shared purpose

4. Sports is a great leveller - some players are Stars , however , they too have to contribute the same as other team members. Michael Jordan's transformation contributed to his success : https://www.foxbusiness.com/features/michael-jordans-transformation-contributed-to-his-success

5. Sporting spirit : accept failures / mistakes of other team members as part of the game. No finger pointing = if one did a mistake, accept it and try to improve next time

6.' System is not the sum of behaviors, it is the product if interactions '

7. The sports coach is someone outside the team , who can provide the external view

8. Team members give frank and constructive feedback to other team members . Same with coach. ( Socratic )

9. Everyone gets an 'A' in something . Different people may be good at different things

10. Motivation : in average teams / team members, the following can prove to be motivating : small , frequent wins , small improvements

11. Continuous Practice is ever important ! Be it practicing as individuals, , practicing with the coach , practicing as teams , playing practice games ...

12. REferences :
- John Whitmore : The GROW principle and the inner game ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GROW_model )
- Jef Van den Hout : Team Flow (https://www.researchgate.net/publication/316689185_Team_Flow_From_Concept_to_Application)
- John Gall : Systemantics ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Systemantics)